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Spendigo the holiday expense tracker app

Spendigo icon

I’m pleased to announce that my friend Torsten’s first app, Spendigo has just been released in the App Store. Apart from a serious amount of beta testing, I’ve also supplied the icon and splash screen.

Spendigo keeps track of your holiday spending so that when you get back you can find out where all your money went – in fact the app was called Where Did It Go? during development:)

It’s simple to add an expense, assign a category and get on with your day. The app handles currency conversions, different views of your spends and running totals (don’t worry, you can switch the running total off if you’d rather not know how much you’re spending until you get home).

A lot of love and hard work has gone into this app and if you’re looking for a way to track your holiday expenses then you really should take a look: click here for App Store link

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AmbiHue app

AmbiHue, our latest app, has just hit the App Store

You may have seen those high-end televisions that feature ambient backlighting where the TV casts a wash of light on the wall behind itself, changing colour according to what’s on the screen. AmbiHue is designed to help you recreate the same effect in your own home for considerably less!
All you need is a set of PhiIips Hue bulbs. Place one or more bulbs behind your TV, launch AmbiHue and point your device’s camera at the screen. Now watch your bulbs change colour in response to the on-screen action! Of course you don’t need to use AmbiHue with your TV, you can just use it as a fun way to control the colour of your PhiIips Hue bulbs to create dynamic mood lighting effects. Why not point the camera at your clothes to match your lighting to your wardrobe? Or point it out the window so your home lighting changes to match the sunset?

If you’re interested, you can find it here

iPhone 4 AmbiHue Promo strip

PhotoFrame app for Windows Phone

PhotoFrame Windows

PhotoFrame has been the most successful of the apps we’ve released for iPhone, so it seemed the natural choice to see how it would fare on Windows Phone.

Since I know next to nothing about coding at all, the folks over at Digital Living Solutions handled the build and publishing side of things.

The app only went live a few days ago so it’s a bit early to tell how things are going but once we’ve got a better idea, I’ll do a follow up post and compare the different experiences. In the meantime if you’d like to try it out, PhotoFrame for Windows Phone is available here.

Another App Store rip-off story

I’m not having a particularly great day today (I won’t bore you with the details) but the icing on the cake has been the accidental discovery that our Chameleon Clock app has been shamelessly ripped off.

I’ve posted about this sort of thing before but this episode is perhaps even more blatant. Our App Chameleon Clock was released on the 11th of July and although it didn’t change the world it seemed as if a few people liked it’s simple premise.

We’re just in the process of updating it for the iPhone 5 so I did a quick check in the App Store to reference which screenshots would need changing and came across Chameleon Clock™  which was released a couple of months later – plenty of time to code up an app as simple as this… I particularly like the ™ that they’ve added to the name implying that they were somehow the ‘original’.

It’s not just the idea that they’ve copied but the promotional images as well – including the Chameleon sitting in front of the iPad. Check out our app vs theirs.

The developers, Orangeport seem to have a bit of a habit of this sort of thing – a quick search in the App Store for WTHR (a beautiful designed, well reviewed weather app – http://www.wthr.co) also brings up WTHR by Orangeport…

It seems to me that if this is happening with Apps of this level – no offence to the guys behind WTHR but we’re not talking about household name apps here – then this practice must be rife throughout the App Store and it’s about time that Apple did something about it.

Surely it’s not too difficult for Apple, as part of the approval process, to do a quick search of their own store and see if there’s already an app with the same name and functionality? There’s obviously a grey area where apps might coincidentally have similar names and functionality, but in other cases (like the above) it’s just blatantly obvious what’s going on… It’s about time they tightened things up – the current situation isn’t good for developers who are seeing their hard work ripped off or for consumers who accidentally end up buying the wrong app. The only people that benefit are the bastards that steal other people’s IP…

Please Apple, sort it out.

 

TheWorldClock

Just a quick post to let you know that my latest app is out today – TheWorldClock.

TheWorldClock keeps track of the time in your friends’ & colleagues’ part of the world so you don’t have to. Add multiple clocks displaying different time zones and personalise them by renaming them to something more meaningful – like a friend, relative or client, so you’ll always know the best time to get in touch.

You can tell at a glance whether it’s a convenient time – if a clock is white it’s daytime, black it’s night.

If you’re interested, you can get a copy from the App Store here.

Chameleon Clock update

Just a quick update on Chameleon Clock, our new app that lets your iPad or iPhone disappear into the background…

Even though it’s a pretty simple app, it seems to have a hit a chord with some people, hitting no. 3 in the utilities chart, being favourably reviewed on Cult Of Mac and making their Must-Have Apps of the Week list.

We’ve also put a little blog together where you can get a look at the kind of thing Chameleon Clock does.

So, if you haven’t checked the app out yet, why not take a look?

Chameleon Clock

Our new app, Chameleon Clock, has just hit the App Store.

Why Chameleon Clock? The app uses the camera in the back of your iDevice to either a) sample the colour behind it or b) provide a live video feed to sit behind the time. The result? Your clock blends into your environment and all sorts of subtle effects are possible by changing the colour and/or transparency of the time display.

Here’s a link to the App Storelet me know what you think…

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